Amazon will increase the size of its US workforce by 55 per cent in the next 18 months

Amazon to create 1,000 ‘Silicon Valley’ jobs in the UK

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Amazon has announced it is opening a new office in Manchester as part of plans to create more than 1,000 research and development jobs across the country.

The new site will be located in the city’s Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter, which is set to house 600 highly skilled workers focusing on software development, machine learning and R&D.

Amazon’s UK country manager Doug Gurr said Britain was taking a leading role in the company’s global innovation.

“These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK,” he said.

As part of the recruitment drive, the online titan will also beef up numbers at its “development centres” in Edinburgh and Cambridge, with the cities seeing 250 and 180 jobs created respectively.

The Edinburgh expansion will see Amazon take three floors in the Waverley Gate building, where the new recruits will work on advertising technology and personalised shopping.

In Cambridge, there will be a focus on Amazon devices such as the Echo.

Amazon, along with other US tech giants Facebook, Google and Apple, have continued to invest in Britain despite any uncertainty caused by Brexit.

Digital secretary Jeremy Wright said: “It is great global tech giant Amazon has chosen Manchester, a vital part of the Northern Powerhouse, to open their new office and are creating hundreds of high-skilled jobs up and down the country.

“Our booming digital sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the UK and this is a vote of confidence in our world-leading skills in tech innovation.”

Since 2010, Amazon said it has invested more than £9.3bn in the UK to build and run its operations, and is on course to grow to 27,500 employees.

In September the online retail giant said it was updating Alexa so that it understands when users are whispering, can detect the sound of smashing glass and other features designed to improve the feature set of its smart assistant. 

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